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A gripping, compulsive and award-winning new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, and targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman, followed by a debate on the issues raised.
“My pulse quickens. It is not a fair fight, but it quickens.” She’s a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She’s pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. This extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.
Following the performance you will get the chance to explore the issues raised through debate with leading experts in the fields of global security, trauma and moral dilemmas, and gender and ethics. Have your say on this modern day dilemma.
George Brant - Playwright;
Christopher Haydon - Artistic Director;
Lucy Ellinson - Casting Director;
Caroline Byrne - Associate Director;
Oliver Townsend - Designer;
Mark Howland - Lighting Designer;
Tom Gibbons - Sound Designer;
Benjamin Walden - Video Design;
WINNER - BEST PRODUCTION AND BEST DESIGN, OFFWESTEND AWARDS. FRINGE FIRST AWARD WINNER 2013.
“An essential story for our times.” The Scotsman
“A searing piece of writing, and gets the blistering performance it deserves from Ellinson.” The Guardian
“We’re gripped from the first lines of George Brant’s snappy, sparky staccato script.” Evening Standard
“Haydon precision-guides the show to a stratospheric level of theatrical intensity.” The Telegraph
In collaboration with the visiting production of George Brant's 'Grounded' at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) hosts this post-show discussion to explore the key themes arising from the play. Drawing on current research on 'The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles', join Lucy Ellinson, the ICCS and leading academic experts Liz Tomlin and Nicholas Wheeler to explore global security, trauma, moral dilemmas, gender and ethics.
£12.00. To book, please visit http://birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/grounded/